Solar Wind Discontinuity Transformation at the Bow Shock

  title={Solar Wind Discontinuity Transformation at the Bow Shock},
  author={Julia Kropotina and Lee Webster and Anton V. Artemyev and Andrei Bykov and Dmitri L. Vainchtein and Ivan Y. Vasko},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Solar wind plasma at the Earth’s orbit carries transient magnetic field structures including discontinuities. Their interaction with the Earth’s bow shock can significantly alter discontinuity configuration and stability. We investigate such an interaction for the most widespread type of solar wind discontinuities—rotational discontinuities (RDs). We use a set of in situ multispacecraft observations and perform kinetic hybrid simulations. We focus on the RD current density amplification that… 
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